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OFFICIAL: Donny van de Beek joins Manchester United


Manchester United have officially announced the signing of midfielder Donny van de Beek from Ajax ahead of the start of the 2020/21 campaign.

The Netherlands international has put pen to paper on a five-year contract at Old Trafford for a fee rising to £34.6 million – plus another £4.4 million in add-ons.

Van de Beek is expected to move to England after Netherlands’ games against against Poland (September 4) and Italy (September 7) in the UEFA Nations League.

The 23-year-old said: “I cannot begin to explain how incredible an opportunity it is to join a club with such an amazing history. I would like to thank everyone at Ajax, I grew up there and I will always have a special bond with the club. I am now ready to take the next step in my career and perform at the highest level and there is no higher standard than Manchester United.

“Everyone has told me how amazing the Old Trafford atmosphere is and I am looking forward to experiencing that, once it is safe for the fans to return.

“This team has some of the best midfielders in the world and I know that I can learn from them and also bring my own strengths to the group. Having spoken to the manager about his vision for this team, the direction that the club is going in is hugely exciting and I cannot wait to be a part of that.”

Having secured his first signing of the summer transfer window, United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted to get the youngster on his team.

He said: “Donny has all of the technical attributes needed to perform in this team and has the personality required to succeed at Manchester United. His ability to see space, time his movements and read the game will really complement the qualities that we have in midfield and his arrival really strengthens the depth of talent we have in that position.

“Donny’s performances in the Eredivisie and in Europe have been excellent over the last few years and we are all looking forward to working with him.”

Donny van de Beek has been a key figure for Ajax over the last three seasons, helping them reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2018/19 and scoring 41 goals in 175 appearances overall.

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